Dassault Aviation: Atlantique 2 upgrade contract signed

           Dassault Aviation: Atlantique 2 upgrade contract signed

                     Atlantique2 upgrade contract signed

                  Dassault Aviation and Thales to modernise
 French Navy's Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft in partnership with DCNS
                                 and SIAé^[1]


Brest, 4 October 2013 - Dassault Aviation and Thales welcome the award by  the 
French Ministry of  Defence of  the contract  to modernise  the French  Navy's 
fleet of  Atlantique2  (ATL2)  maritime  patrol  aircraft.  Defence  Minister 
Jean-Yves LeDrian signed  the contract at  a ceremony to  celebrate the  50th 
anniversary of the Thales facility in Brest (French Brittany), in the presence
of  Laurent   Collet-Billon   (DGA),  Eric   Trappier   (Dassault   Aviation), 
Jean-Bernard Lévy (Thales), Patrick Boissier (DCNS) and Patrick Dufour (SIAé).

The contract was negotiated with  the French Defence Procurement Agency  (DGA) 
and calls for the modernisation of  the mission systems of fifteen ATL2s.  The 
main aims  of  the programme  are  to develop,  then  integrate on  board  the 
aircraft, next-generation technologies for a  new tactical mission system  and 
state-of-the-art  sensor  subsystems  and  display  consoles.  The  integrated 
systems will be among the most sophisticated in the entire aerospace industry.
France is the only  country apart from the  United States to produce  maritime 
patrol aircraft capable  of deploying both  advanced sensor suites  (optronic, 
radar, acoustic)  and a  wide  range of  weapon systems  (anti-ship  missiles, 
torpedoes, laser-guided weapons).

The upgrade programme  will improve the  ATL2's ability to  deal with new  and 
emerging threats under  all weather conditions,  both in strategic  deterrence 
roles and in  asymmetric conflicts  involving quiet  and stealthy  submarines, 
high-speed craft, land vehicles, etc. The aircraft will be equipped to  remain 
in operational service beyond 2030.

The  programme   will   be  conducted   by   Dassault  Aviation   and   Thales 
(co-contractors) in partnership with DCNS and working with the SIAé.

Dassault Aviation will be in charge  of developing the core system,  including 
the LOTI^[2] mission software developed  by DCNS. Dassault Aviation will  also 
be responsible for subsystems integration and the conversion of a  "prototype" 
aircraft for flight testing.

Thales will  develop the  radar/IFF^[3]  subsystem and  the  latest-generation 
digital acoustic processing subsystem (STAN). The radar will benefit from  the 
latest technologies  based  on  those  developed  for  the  Rafale.  The  STAN 
subsystem will  process  signals  from  all  existing  and  future  sonobuoys, 
detecting targets  over a  wider frequency  range and  making it  possible  to 
counter new types of threats.

DCNS will develop the LOTI software, which will establish an overall  tactical 
picture based on  data from different  sensors, and manage  the deployment  of 
torpedoes, missiles  and  other  weapons. This  collaborative  system  enables 
several operators to interact at the same time.

The SIAé  will be  responsible for  developing the  upgraded tactical  display 
consoles and managing full-rate aircraft upgrade operations.

The programme  will  help to  maintain  key  skills required  by  the  defence 
industry in areas ranging from undersea warfare and next-generation  acoustics 
to radars for combat and  surveillance roles and complex systems  architecture 
and integration.  The development  and production  work will  support jobs  in 
several regions of  France for  both the  main contractors  and their  partner 

Sensor developments will  build on the  results of government-funded  advanced 
study programmes in underwater detection and combat aircraft radars, including
the RBE2 active electronically  scanned array radar  (AESA) developed for  the 

Notes to editors:

Dassault Aviation delivered the  French Navy's fleet  of ATL2 aircraft  during 
the  1990s  to  conduct  air  missions  in  support  of  France's   deterrence 
capabilities  (for  the  FOST   strategic  ocean  force   and  its  fleet   of 
nuclear-powered  ballistic-missile   submarines)  and   the  country's   other 
strategic missions (knowledge, anticipation,  prevention and protection) in  a 
diverse threat environment.

About Dassault Aviation
With more than 8,000 military and civil aircraft delivered to 83 countries
over the past 60 years, and having logged nearly 28 million flight hours to
date,DassaultAviation can offer recognized know-how and experience in the
design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, from the
Rafale fighter to the Falcon range of high-end business jets. In
2012,DassaultAviation reported revenues of €3.94 billion, with around 11,600
employees. www.dassault-aviation.com

Follow us on Twitter: @Dassault_OnAir

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace & Transport and Defence
& Security markets. In 2012, the company generated revenues of €14.2billion
with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and
researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy
equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security
requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with
operations around the world working with customers and local partners.

Follow us on Twitter: @ThalesPress

Press contacts:

Dassault Aviation
Defense communication
Nathalie Bakhos
+33 (0)1 47 11 84 12

Media Relations - Land & Naval Defence           
Sonia Le Guével                               
Tel: +33 1 57 77 91 60                            

[1]SIAé: Service Industriel de l'Aéronautique (France's integrated support
service for military aircraft)

[2]LOTI: Logiciel Opérationnel de Traitement de l'Information (operational
software for information processing)

[3]IFF: Identification Friend or Foe

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